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Ceramic Tile, glazed

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glazed tile entry     kitchen glazed tile

Advantages of Glazed Tile:
Usually does not need to be sealed. But, the grout does need to be sealed.

More Glazed Tile Considerations:
Usually no protection of the face is needed during installation. The grout residue cleans up completely with water and a sponge. It is standard practice in the industry to clean off any remaining hazy residue by one of the following methods:
  • Buffing with cloth
  • Cleaning with vinegar. This is a very weak acid and works fine, except for its tendency to leave an opalescent film.
  • Using Aldon Grout Residue Remover
  • If there is concern for grout residue problems due to tile texture (or finish as with matte type glazes), then keep grout residue out of any surface texture characteristics by coating with Aldon Grout Easy before grouting. "Grout Easy" is a water soluble coating that comes off easily while grout is being cleaned up with water and a sponge.

  • Efflorescence (subsurface originating white powdery stains) can occur in the grout. However, it is easily cleaned.
  • Grout colors can "fade". The appearance of fading is actually from light efflorescence and can be stopped by sealing with the appropriate Aldon sealer.
  • Some glazes could scratch during installation, however, one of the "solvent-penetrating" sealers tends to make the scratches disappear on some finishes. Test a sample first.

  • As you progress down this page you will see:
    • The products you may need for surface Preparation before sealing.
    • Pictures of each of the recommended sealers for this surface type. Click the sealer's picture for it's full description.
    • Handy tips to prevent issues that others have had before coming to Aldon.
    • Perhaps more information than you need now, but might be of interest later.

    Surface Preparation before sealing grout
    What you need for your Glazed Tile project


    You have 1 of the 3 possible situations that follow. The products you need are listed in the sequence that you would use them. Click the picture to add a product to your list.

    #1. If the Glazed Tile is not yet installed

    Use 1st 2nd 3rd
    Grout Release
    Grout Easy

    Grout Release
    *Grout Residue
    Remover

    Remove white stains
    *Efflorescence
    Treatment

    * Should not be needed after using Grout Easy.

    #2. If the Glazed Tile is installed but grout is not sealed.

    1st 2nd
    Grout Release
    *Grout Residue
    Remover

    Remove white stains
    **Efflorescence
    Treatment
    Remove white stains
    ***Grout
    Restoration
    * If you have old grout smears.
    ** If you have white powder (efflorescence) stains.
    *** If your grout is badly stained.

    #3. If the grout has been sealed in the past.

    Use 1st 2nd
    Remove all sealers
    Premium
    Stripper

    Grout Release
    *Grout Residue
    Remover

    Remove white stains
    **Grout
    Restoration
    * If, after stripping, you find old grout smears or crystal efflorescence from years ago.
    ** If your stone is badly stained. Regular stains are usually removed by the stripping process.

    Your Choices for Sealing

    Generally, glazed tile do not need to be sealed. Only the grout needs to be sealed. However, the exceptions would be those glazes that have a slight degree of absorption (they will stain), or those occasions where some tile in the batch are less glossy than others. See below.


    "Same Day Sealer" on Glazed Tile. This sealer is Water Base | Penetrating Type. Provides: No color enhancement or gloss. Coverage guidelines (depending on absorption) 250 to 600 sq.ft./gal.

    clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick
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    Gallons

    Case (4 gal)

    Quarts

    Case 12 qt

    Sample

    When sealing the grout only.

    "Same Day Sealer" is for when you are sealing only the grout. It does not have any effect on color or create any gloss. The quart size has an applicator tip for grout joints. Any slop over to the tile face is easily wiped away as you progress.

    "S-B-S Sealer" on Glazed Tile. This sealer is | Solvent Base | Penetrating Type. Provides: color enhancement | low gloss | strengthening | efflorescence barrier. Coverage guidelines (depending on absorption) 150 to 500 sq.ft./gal.

    clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick
    Add to Project List
    Gallons

    Case (4 gal)

    Aerosols

    Case Aeros

    Sample

    For tile and grout.

    S-B-S Sealer is a low solids sealer that creates some color enhancement and an easier to clean surface. This would be the sealer to use when you are sealing the tile and the grout at the same time.

    The aerosol makes doing back splashes, showers, and other small projects easy.



    Easy Care Products: for a Glazed Tile floor or wall.


    Mexican tile - clean, protect, seal tile
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    Quarts

    Case 12 qts

    Gallons

    Case 4 gal
    Sample n/a

    Mexican tile - wet mop cleaning without streaks

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    Quarts

    Case 12 qts

    Sample n/a
    "Insta-Clean" removes food, grease, oil, etc. stain causing materials - from floors, patio furniture, machinery.
    "Maintain" - for no streak wet mopping of Glazed Tile and all other types of flooring.

    Mexican tile - clean, protect, seal tile
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    Gallons

    Case 4 gal

    Mexican tile - dusting the easy way

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    Pints

    Case 16 pts

    Sample n/a

    "Lifeguard" prevents traffic wear to a sealer. Adds gloss.
    "Dust Whiz" - easy dry mop dust pickup at 1,000 sq. ft. in 3 minutes.


    Items of Interest

    You may have heard of concerns about Glazed Tiles. All of them would be prevented with the information we provide here. Therefore, you can have the floor you want!

    How to select a sealer
    To select a sealer it is good to have some idea of the absorption rate so you achieve the gloss level (none to high) and all the other benefits available without using more sealer than necessary. Also, you can test for (and protect against) acidic liquid sensitivity.

    An Aldon sealer does far more than just bead water and look pretty! To see what that is click here.

    Your results may vary somewhat from these pictures due to variations in computer display and the surface materials themselves. Nevertheless, you will be able to see the differences well enough to make good choices.

    Important: If your project has had any sealer applied in the past, it must be evaluated differently. To see why, Click here!

    Sealer "solids" levels?
    This discussion applies only to the petroleum solvent based sealers. With the water based sealers, solids level is not a consideration.

    Here are the relative solids level of our petroleum solvent based sealers:
      Lowest: SBS Sealer
      Next level Higher: Penetrating Paver Sealer
      Another level higher: Porous Stone Sealer
      Highest level: Mexiglaze

    A porous surface will require more gallons (more money) of a lower solids sealer than using a higher solids level sealer. That, plus different surfaces have different requirements, is why we make the different solids levels. They all work as described, so it is only a matter of which is best for your needs.
    The more porous the surface, the more solids will be required to achieve the desired effects of gloss, strengthening, stopping efflorescence, etc.

    The more porous the surface, generally the greater the need for the sealer to create a stronger surface.

    An old sealer below the surface, even after stripping, will lower the absorption and porosity to some degree. Sometimes it is uneven below the surface and can create an uneven coloring effect with a color enhancing sealer applied later. Another reason to test first.

    Do not make decisions based only upon the price per gallon.
    Unlike other sealers, Aldon's sealers typically require fewer applications (fewer gallons), less cure time, and longer life. And that is only a few of many considerations.
    To see more of why the price per gallon has little to do with what will be your total project cost, click here. For other questions about sealers, see the FAQ Sealers link on the slide out menu.

    Do not believe yet that you have the type of surfacing you were told:
    There is no need for confusion or problems brought about by misidentification of a surface type, yet it happens all too often. Sellers use fancy marketing names that can be misleading about the true nature of a surfacing. For instance, a customer was told they bought "Petite Granite" for a bar surface. But, unlike granite it was etching circles from wine drips. After simple testing, it proved to be a limestone which is treated very differently than granite. It was easily restored and protected after a 60 second test. Please review our "Surface Types" page to compare pictures, descriptions, and testing if needed, to confirm you have what you were told.

    Do not "pre-seal" - apply a sealer BEFORE grouting.
    Do not use any sealer as a grout release barrier (pre-sealing). This technique creates many risk factors to be avoided. Prevent grout smears, surface scratching and keep grout residue out of surface texture by coating with Aldon Grout Easy before grouting. Grout Easy is a water soluble coating that comes off easily while grout is being cleaned off in the normal process with water and a sponge.

    Colors fading?
    The iron oxide pigments used in concrete products, and the colored clays in clay products, do not fade . The appearance of fading is actually from tiny efflorescence particles (white powder) in the pores. It can be removed and color restored (with Aldon Efflorescence Treatment) and then stopped from returning, and color restored, by sealing with the appropriate Aldon penetrating type sealer.

    You can stop efflorescence (white powdery stains)
    Efflorescence (subsurface originating white powdery stains) is common with many surfaces. This can even occur before installation. However, it is easily made to disappear without scrubbing by using Aldon Efflorescence Treatment. If the white powder is old and is now "crystalline" that is bonded to the surface - it can be eaten away with Aldon Grout Residue Remover.

    Renew a glossy finish
    Aldon Sealer applications can be made hours or years later, but do not apply thin layer upon thin layer. Apply a sufficient quantity to insure below surface penetration & bonding. Or, for the solvent based penetrating sealers, test spraying lacquer thinner as an alternative to slightly melt and reform the surface and not build too much gloss or create sealer "layering". A layer of sealer on top of another layer of sealer can result in poor bonding between layers and that can cause separation peeling that looks grayish.

    Concerned about Doing It Yourself or what your contractor says?
    If you are concerned about doing it yourself - consider that the satisfaction of a project is directly related to YOUR knowledge of what needs to be done and how. Who actually does the work is less important. We estimate that 50% of the usage of Aldon products is by "do it yourself" homeowners and we know they are happy because we hear from them.

    Our goal for our contractor customers - NO CALL BACKS. A good contractor will understand the logic of Aldon application instructions on the labels and will not take shortcuts. If a contractor does not agree, feel free to let us find out what is so unusual about this particular project so the contractor does not have to return.


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